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Dr Bronwyn Harman

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5021, Mobile: 0412 068 499, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.202
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5021
Mobile: 0412 068 499
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5834
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.202  


Bronwyn is a Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • Research applications and ethical issues
  • Group process and group management
  • Systems consultation


Employed initially as a sessional tutor/lecturer by ECU. Has been employed as a full-time staff member since 2008.

Professional Memberships

  • Life Member Playgroup WA (Inc)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Families with young children, particularly what constitutes “good” mothering and “good” fathering
  • Contemporary issues for Australian families
  • Child freedom and childlessness
  • Play and playgroup.


  • Doctor, Edith Cowan University, 2009.
  • Diploma, Edith Cowan University, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Edith Cowan University, 2001.
  • Master of Arts, The University of Western Australia, 1994.


Recent Research Grants

  • The reasons parents do not vaccinate their children in Australia,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $12,000.
  • How much time do primary school aged children in Australia spend on unstructured play in relation to other activities? What are the predictors of unstructured play for primary school aged children in Australia?,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $10,000.
  • Trinity Learning Centre Evaluative Study,  Uniting Care West,  Uniting Care West - Grant,  2012,  $18,182.
  • Playgroup WA Inc.-Brain and Emotional Development in the Early Years Workshops,  Playgroup WA,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $20,880.
  • Clarkson Parenting Place Project Evaluation,  City of Wanneroo,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $4,550.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Gibson, H., Harman, B., Guilfoyle, A., (2015), Social capital in metropolitan playgroups: A qualitative analysis of early parental interactions. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(2), 4-11, Deakin, ACT.
  • New, R., Guilfoyle, A., Harman, B., (2015), Children's school readiness: The experiences of African refugee women in a supported playgroup. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(1), 55-62, Deakin, ACT.
  • Harman, B., Guilfoyle, A., O'Connor, M., (2014), Why mothers attend playgroup. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(4), 131-137, Australia.
  • Rowe, B., Harman, B., (2014), Motherless mothers: Maternally bereaved women in their everyday roles as mothers. Journal of Family Studies, 20(1), 28-38, DOI: 10.5172/jfs.2014.20.1.28.
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